Addiction & Youth Services Specialist


    This program has been reviewed and approved by PTIB. 

    This diploma program focuses on preparing graduates for a career as an addictions and youth service practitioner. The program provides graduates with a solid theoretical and practical skill-based foundation required to provide support to individuals, families, and groups who are seeking personal support from available assistance programs.


    Program Length*

    Full Time

    • 41 weeks (Including Practicum length)
    • 25 Hours per Week

    Work Experience

    • Total 7 weeks
    • 175 hours

    Admission Requirements

    • High school graduate or equivalent or
    • Mature student status (British Columbia 19 years or older)
    • Meet the College’s English proficiency requirements


    • Addiction & Youth Services Specialist Diploma

    *Program Length does not include breaks and holiday breaks


    • Public and Private Healthcare
    • Social Service Agencies
    • Residential Programs
    • Community Counselling
    • Group Homes

    Addiction & Youth
    Services in Canada

    • Canada’s federal health minister has announced $71.7 million in emergency funding to improve access to addiction treatment services
      in B.C.
      Source: CBC News 2018
    • In any given year, one in five Canadians will experience a mental health issue or addiction problem.
      Source: “Mental Illness and Addictions: Facts and Statistics.”CAMH
    • As of February 2019, 936 jobs are posted on Indeed

    British Columbia
    Labour Market

    • In all, B.C. is forecast to have 903,000 job openings between 2018 and 2028.
    • 77% of future jobs will require some form of post-secondary education or training.

    Source: B.C.’s labour market outlook: 2018


    ACAP 100 Academics Prep SOCS 130 Adolescence & Addictions
    OFFP 100 Office Procedures SOCS 140 Addiction Family Culture
    MOAW 100 Word Processing SOCS 150 Intake Procedures & Interviewing Techniques
    BCOM 100 Business Communication SOCS 160 Substance Abuse Assessment &
    COMM 100 Interpersonal Communication SOCS 170 Individual & Group Facilitation
    SOCS 100 Ethical Practice SOCS 180 Relapse Prevention
    PSYC 100 Psychology Fundamentals SOCS 190 Case Management & Report Writing
    PHAR 100 Pharmacology Fundamentals SOCS 200 Policy, Legislation, Government
    & Community Resources
    PSYC 110 Mental Health Fundamentals SELF 100 Self Care
    PSYC 120 Crisis Intervention SAFE 100 Workplace Safety & First Aid
    SOCS 110 Addictions & Substance Abuse Fundamentals AYSP 100 Work Experience (Practicum)
    SOCS 120 At Risk Populations CARS 100 Career Planning

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